Clinic employee gets a year in prison in Eastern Kentucky pill-pipeline case

bestep@herald-leader.comJuly 17, 2012 

A clinic employee charged in a major Eastern Kentucky pill-pipeline case has been sentenced to 12 months and one day in federal prison.

Tonia Snook, 34, of Slidell, La., pleaded guilty to distributing methadone and oxycodone. U.S. District Judge Gregory F. Van Tatenhove sentenced her on July 11.

Snook worked at pain clinics in Slidell and Philadelphia called Urgent Care, where many people from Eastern Kentucky came to get prescriptions for pills, which they then abused and sold at home, according to court records.

The Urgent Care clinics, including one the company opened later in Cincinnati, were allegedly "pill mills" where people paid cash to get prescriptions after undergoing little or no physical examination.

More than 30 people were convicted in relation to the interstate conspiracy, including officers and employees of Urgent Care, two doctors and a pharmacist and numerous people from Eastern Kentucky.

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